Sunday, 16 September 2012

The patch and beyond

Local patch: I'm having some intense days with this constant patch-work. Today the highlight was a HOBBY seen hunting for hirundines, somewhere in front of the cliffs. If I don't go wrong it's the second for the local list. Always a cool bird to see.
Also around today at least 12 Alpine Swifts (still present around Monte Grisa), along with +100 House Martins, steady flow of single Swallows, 1 female Kestrel passing by, 2 Sparrowhawks, 1 Hawfinch, and an unexpected BLACK WOODPECKER singing from the woodland (one of the few sightings of this species in the patch...although it could be breeding somewhere).
By the way in the late morning I met up with a friend at Campo Carri where we had 2 Goshawks, 1 Honey Buzzard, several Tree Pipits, 2 Whinchats & 3 Wheatears, 2 Common Redstarts, flock of 4 Woodpigeons flying W, 3 juv Red-backed Shrikes and a showy Lesser Whitethroat in the hedges (pics above).
Quite a lot of Jays a bit everywhere; there seems to be a small invasion at the moment.